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KQED Public Radio: Saturday, August 23, 2014

88.5 FM San Francisco •  89.3 FM Sacramento

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Saturday, August 23, 2014
  • 12:00 am
    All Things Considered Will Airstrikes Be Enough Against the Islamic State? The U.S. continues to mount airstrikes against Islamic State targets in Iraq, with the limited aims of serving humanitarian goals and protecting U.S. personnel and facilities. NPR's Tom Bowman examines whether U.S. airstrikes can put an end to the militant group Islamic State, or if they'll need to rely on local forces, as well.
  • 1:00 am
    KQED Newsroom Special Edition: California Prisons Invest in Rehabilitation for 'Lifer' Inmates Until recently, prisoners serving life sentences in California had slim chances of ever getting paroled. With sentences of 15, 25 or 30 years to life, most of these so-called "lifers" are doing time for murder. Now, driven by court rulings that make it harder to deny parole, a record number of lifers are getting out - nearly 2,300 since 2009, or more than three times the number paroled in the previous 17 years combined. For the first time, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation (CDCR) is offering classes aimed directly at lifers to prepare them for life on the outside. The prisoners who participate don't know if they'll ever get out, but they say the classes help them develop life skills, understand the impact of their crimes, and show the parole board that they're no longer a risk to public safety. Scott Shafer goes inside Solano Prison in Vacaville to see what the CDCR's programs have to offer and also hears from a paroled lifer about his struggles and successes.
  • 1:30 am
    Washington Week On Obama Not Going to Ferguson Calm is slowly returning to the streets of Ferguson, where clashes between police and protesters upset over the shooting death of an unarmed teenager have gone on for nearly two weeks. In addition to a grand jury investigation, Attorney General Eric Holder has launched a federal probe into possible civil rights violations surrounding the police-involved shooting of Michael Brown. While the president returned to the White House on Monday to address the situation in Ferguson, his decision not to visit the town was met with some criticism.
  • 2:00 am
    Commonwealth Club Ralph Nader Ralph Nader has fought for decades on behalf of American citizens against what he sees as the pervasive influence of corporations on our society. Large majorities tell pollsters that big corporations have too much political power, and Nader believes that the ever-tightening influence of big business on the mainstream media, elections and our government have caused many Americans to believe they have no political voice. Nader argues that citizens of different political labels must join in the struggle against the corporate state, because if left unchecked, that corporate state will ruin the republic, shred the Constitution, and stampede over the rights of the American people.
  • 3:00 am
    Inside Europe European Protests Against Israel As Israel continues its air strikes in the Gaza Strip, there have been more protests around Europe urging an end to the fighting. Meanwhile, in the Danish capital Copenhagen, community leaders are calling for talks between minority groups to try to halt the rise of anti-Semitism. As in the rest of Europe, Jewish groups are complaining that levels of hatred towards them are the worst they've seen since the Second World War.
  • 4:00 am
    It's Your World (a broadcast of the World Affairs Council) Israel vs. Hamas: The Gaza Conflict and What Comes Next After a period of relative quiet, Israel and Hamas found themselves in a summer conflict that put the global spotlight once again on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Thousands of rockets and missiles were fired. The Israeli military destroyed an underground tunnel network built by Hamas. Gaza is in shambles. More than 1,800 Palestinians and 60 Israelis are dead. The United States leveled some of its toughest criticism at Israel ever for the killing of Palestinian civilians. What happens now? With decades of troubled history on both sides and a rising death toll, the possibility of a long-term peace agreement seems even further out of reach. Janine Zacharia, former Jerusalem bureau chief of The Washington Post and now a visiting lecturer at Stanford, will share her insights on why this conflict erupted now and what it all means for the future of peace negotiations and the alliance between Israel and the United States.
  • 5:00 am
  • MORNING
  • 7:00 am
    Weekend Edition
    Perspectives7:36am & 8:36am

  • 9:00 am
  • 10:00 am
    Car Talk Click and Clack tackle the tougher questions of the automobile world.
  • 11:00 am
    Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me This quiz show takes a fresh, fast-paced and irreverent look at the week's events.
  • AFTERNOON
  • 12:00 pm
    This American Life Magic Words When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, win the lottery, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command - all through the use of mental power and magic words. This week, he revisits the book to try to unlock the secrets within. And the show features other stories where people recite words that have the power to change their lives, with no magic or mumbo jumbo at all.
  • 1:00 pm
    Radiolab Escape The walls are closing in, you've got no way out -- and then, suddenly, you escape! The show features stories about traps, getaways, perpetual cycles and staggering breakthroughs. First is a piece on a true escape artist -- a man who's broken out of jail more times than anyone alive. Why does he keeps running, and will he will ever stop? Then, the ingeniously simple question that led Isaac Newton to an enormous intellectual breakthrough: why doesn't the moon fall out of the sky? Finally, it's the story of a blind kid who freed himself from an unhappy childhood by climbing into the telephone system, and bending it to his will.
  • 2:00 pm
    Radio Specials Computer History Museum Presents Akamai Co-Founder and CEO Tom Leighton -- Akamai's beginnings lie in a challenge posed by World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee at MIT in early 1995. Berners-Lee foresaw the congestion that is now very familiar to Internet users, and he challenged colleagues at MIT to invent a fundamentally new and better way to deliver Internet content. MIT professor Tom Leighton was intrigued by the challenge, and recognized that a solution could be found in applied mathematics and algorithms. The company launched commercial service in 1999 and announced that one of the world's most trafficked Web properties, Yahoo!, was a charter customer. Now, its customers include the top 30 media and entertainment companies, the top 60 e-commerce companies, all branches of the U.S. military and all major sports leagues. Akamai delivers between 15 to 30 percent of all Web traffic, and delivers over 2 trillion daily Internet interactions. Tom Leighton will discuss his distinguished career, and give listeners a peek under the hood at one of the world's leading Internet infrastructure companies.
  • 3:00 pm
    Moyers & Company Encore: Joseph Stiglitz Calls for Fair Taxes for All A recent report by Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph E. Stiglitz for the Roosevelt Institute suggests that paying our fair share of taxes and cracking down on corporate tax dodgers could be a cure for inequality and a faltering economy. Stiglitz tells Bill Moyers that Apple, Google, GE and a host of other Fortune 500 companies are creating what amounts to "an unlimited IRA for corporations." The result? Vast amounts of lost revenue for our treasury and the exporting of much-needed jobs to other countries.
  • 3:30 pm
    Radio Specials Hearing Voices The Bird Plan -- The show features bird sounds, bird songs, talking birds and extinct birds -- all in stories and songs.
  • 4:00 pm
    Living On Earth Protection for Bluefin Tuna The bluefin tuna population in the Atlantic is protected, but they are still caught accidentally by long-line fishermen. Carl Safina of the Blue Ocean Institute tells host Steve Curwood that planned conservation proposals from the National Marine Fisheries Service aren't tough enough to protect the population.
  • 5:00 pm
  • EVENING
  • 6:00 pm
  • 8:00 pm
    Selected Shorts Things Are Not What They Seem Shame, longing and passion lie beneath the surface lives of the characters in this evening's three stories. Guest Colm Toibin talks about respectability betrayed in his story "A Priest in the Family," read by Lois Smith. In James Salter's "Dusk," read by Amy Ryan, a middle-aged woman faces a loveless future with grace, and two couples meet and part over "The Bureau," in a J. Robert Lennon short read by Kirsten Vangsness.
  • 9:00 pm
    This American Life Magic Words When Jonathan Goldstein was a kid, his father gave him a book that promised to teach you how to shoot mental laser beams, win the lottery, move solid objects with your mind, make others obey your command - all through the use of mental power and magic words. This week, he revisits the book to try to unlock the secrets within. And the show features other stories where people recite words that have the power to change their lives, with no magic or mumbo jumbo at all.
  • 10:00 pm
    The Moth Radio Hour Chinatown, Hotdogs and Genetics Geneticist Paul Nurse, a Nobel Laureate, learns the truth about his origins. A nine-alarm blaze in Boston's Chinatown teaches a daughter about her father's wisdom. A cop has misadventures during a stakeout. And a man is plagued during a road trip with dreams of what might have been.
  • 11:00 pm
  • 12:00 am
    Wait, Wait Don't Tell Me This quiz show takes a fresh, fast-paced and irreverent look at the week's events.
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